Special Exhibits

On Exhibit Now

Bittersweet Harvest: The Bracero Program, 1942-1964

September - December 2019 

This bilingual exhibit explores the little-known story of the Bracero Program, the largest guest worker program in U.S. history. Between 1942 and 1964, millions of Mexican men came to the U.S. on short-term labor contracts.

Bittersweet Harvest: The Bracero Program was organized by the National Museum of American History in partnership with the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, and received federal support from the Latino Initiatives Pool, administered by the Smithsonian Latino Center. All photographs by Leonard Nadal. 

In addition, learn more about farmworkers in Florida today and their impact on agriculture. 

Picking Tomatoes in Manatee County 

Courtesy of Manatee County Public Library Historical Digital Collections 

Manatee Tomato Families 

Tomatoes have been the top crop in Manatee County for over 70 years. The family histories in this exhibit are just a sampling of the many families and growers who have made an impact on the tomato industry in Manatee County. 

Turpentine in Manatee

Through February 2020 

 Learn how turpentine moved into Florida and was an essential part of the economy through the early 1900s.  



Tuesday-Friday, 1st & 3rd Saturday 

10:00-12:00, 1:00-4:00


1015 6th Street West

Palmetto, FL 34221

(941) 721-2034